Former King Juan Carlos turns 83 and manages to put a stop to hostilities between Letizia of Spain and his wife Sofia of Greece
Juan Carlos, who turns 83, has managed to bring his wife Sofia closer to her daughter-in-law Letizia of Spain. As is known, there has never been a great understanding between the two women. The Queen Emeritus has always opposed the wife of her son Felipe, ever since their engagement. And on the other hand, Donna Letizia has never been outdone in the rivalry with her mother-in-law.
The former King of Spain therefore blows out 83 candles: he was born on January 5, 1938. Juan Carlos celebrates his birthday in voluntary exile (see the video above). Last August, with a letter, he took leave of his country and his son Felipe in favor of whom he abdicated in 2014. A decision that some have considered suspicious. In fact, it is rumored that the former sovereign has decided to move to Abu Dhabi to escape the Spanish judiciary which was investigating some alleged funds contained in tax havens, although his lawyers have specified that he will continue to be available to the authorities.
In any case, the gesture of Juan Carlos helped strengthen the Monarchy and especially the Royal Family, in particular it would have favored the reconciliation between the most powerful women at court, Sofia and Letizia. The tensions between mother-in-law and daughter-in-law have always filled the gossip pages of the Spanish media and beyond.
The most famous episode in which the profound contrasts between the two emerged dates back to three years ago during the Easter mass when, on leaving the cathedral of Palma de Mallorca, Letizia of Spain placed herself between her daughters and Sofia so that the girls could not be photographed alone with their grandmother. It was a moment of great embarrassment for the Royal Family and still talked about today.
On the other hand, Sofia did not make life easy for Letizia. Juan Carlos's wife did not want that woman in court, she did not consider her to be equal to her son. In fact, Letizia is not noble, she was a journalist and, moreover, she had a failed marriage behind her. In Donna Sofia's eyes she was certainly not an ideal candidate for the future King of Spain. But Felipe married her anyway and his mother did not hide her perplexities towards her daughter-in-law who, especially since she took the throne, has always been at her husband's side, supporting him in the best way possible.
In any case, the reasons of the monarchy always come before personal disagreements. Both Sofia and Letizia are well aware of this and Juan Carlos has always been their point of reference. Both are aware of how difficult it is to maintain a positive and solid image of the Crown and know the efforts made by the former King to keep the Royal House firm, including the transfer of the scepter to Felipe or the decision last August to make a step back to prevent shadows and suspicions from falling on the current Sovereign.
Sofia and Letizia made the best of a bad situation and decided to bury the hatchet to cooperate together, as they demonstrated in a moment of crisis, when Felipe was in quarantine for having come into contact with a positive person at Covid . Among other things, the Queen Emeritus could not but change her mind about her daughter-in-law, in fact, unexpectedly for her, Letizia turned out to be one of the most loved and admired sovereigns in Europe.